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post #16 of 28

Surprised no one has emphasized this--the DT880's sound terrible unamped haha =P

post #17 of 28
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Originally Posted by Mysteek View Post

Surprised no one has emphasized this--the DT880's sound terrible unamped haha =P

This is a huge over-generalization. It might sound terrible out of some sub-par integrated computer sound cards or out of an iPod, but a Sansa Clip or a Cowon J3 drives it just fine with good sound quality.

post #18 of 28

WOW! Really? The 250 and 600 OHMS?

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Originally Posted by jupitreas View Post

This is a huge over-generalization. It might sound terrible out of some sub-par integrated computer sound cards or out of an iPod, but a Sansa Clip or a Cowon J3 drives it just fine with good sound quality.

post #19 of 28

I'm not sure about the Cowan but with the Sansa Clip and the cans (Beyer DT880 250ohm), the music sounded completely lifeless.  Bass was anemic and it was very disengaging.  To each their own I suppose!

post #20 of 28
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Mysteek View Post

Surprised no one has emphasized this--the DT880's sound terrible unamped haha =P

What about the DT770's? redface.gif

post #21 of 28
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Originally Posted by mooshimuushi View Post

WOW! Really? The 250 and 600 OHMS?

The 600 Ohm version does need a dedicated amp but the 250 Ohm version is driven just fine by many DAPs.

 

With the Sansa Clip, the 250 Ohm DT880 simply sounds neutral, as its supposed to. Some tube amps will likely make the bass sound less 'anemic' but they are not required to get a good sound out of the DT880.

post #22 of 28

I own both.  

 

If you need isolation and something easy to drive, then the 940s are your clear choice.  

 

I use the 940s at work (they are more portable than you'd think since they fold up nicely) and the 880s (250 ohm) at home.  You can, listen to the 880s through an ipod, phone, etc., but they certainly sound better when amped.  They 940s sound better amped as well, for that matter, but it certainly isn't necessary to enjoy them.

post #23 of 28

The M50 has a pretty balanced sound, and in essence, it's actually pretty close to an unamped DT880.

 

However, for rock music, I would recommend the DT770 more, since the DT770 is faster and livelier than the M50 and it's also more comfortable as well.

post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by Bill-P View Post

The M50 has a pretty balanced sound, and in essence, it's actually pretty close to an unamped DT880.

 

However, for rock music, I would recommend the DT770 more, since the DT770 is faster and livelier than the M50 and it's also more comfortable as well.

 

If you don't mind springing for the 940s, then I wouldn't personally consider the M50s.  The two are in a completely different class.

post #25 of 28
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Originally Posted by skyline315 View Post

 

If you don't mind springing for the 940s, then I wouldn't personally consider the M50s.  The two are in a completely different class.

 

Well, honestly, I heard the SRH-940 once before at a Guitar Center. While I'd consider it as being "different" to the M50, I wouldn't consider the SRH-940 as being on a "completely different class".

 

A "completely different class" to me is more like the DT880 600 coupled with a good amp.

post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by Bill-P View Post

 

Well, honestly, I heard the SRH-940 once before at a Guitar Center. While I'd consider it as being "different" to the M50, I wouldn't consider the SRH-940 as being on a "completely different class".

 

A "completely different class" to me is more like the DT880 600 coupled with a good amp.

 

I own the 940s and gave the m50s quite a long audition.  I also own the 880s, and I'd put them alongside the 940s...different sound signature, but equally good headphones in their own right.  

 

In the area of detail, there's simply no comparison.  The treble and mids and on the 940s are far more pronounced and clean.  This may sound even more exaggerated due to the bass.  On the 940s they are very tight and controlled (many refer to them as bass shy) whereas the M50s simply felt muddy.  That's the only word I could think of to describe them.

 

Keep in mind, I'm not saying that the M50s are "bad" headphones.  I just think of them as one tier down.  And, of course, you have to consider that each individual prefers a different sound signature.  I'm not sure if people believe the M50s to be "warm", but they certainly are in comparison to the 940s, which are much brighter.  

post #27 of 28
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Originally Posted by bueller20 View Post

I am torn. I was set on the SRH-940's, but then I started to read about the DT880's (250 and the 600). I will mainly use these headphones on my ipod, unamped, while I travel (on airplanes). I listen to 95% rock music (Foo Fighters, Pink Floyd, etc). 

 

The fact that the DT880's are semi-open is a slight concern on the plane, although they are much more comfortable than the SRH-940's. I have read though that the DT880's are hard to drive straight out of an ipod....

 

These are the final 2 cans in my shortlist, due to availability in my region. Any help or advice is appreciated! 

 

OP - I think that maybe one thing a lot of people are missing here is your actual opening post - I've highlighted the part I think needs to be addressed .......

 

I travel a lot of long-haul flights (8 hours+) so I've got a bit of experience trying to get the right set-up for music.

  1. The Beyers are definitely out for air travel - they're semi-open, and you won't be able to hear over the engine noise unless you massively increase the volume - so definitely not good.
  2. I found the Shures didn't isolate enough either (for air travel).  They're fine for normal isolation - but trying to spend any time on plane listening to these, you're going to have issues with engine noise.  I don't think the velour pads help.

 

Personally - I use IEMs (mine are Shure SE535 LE) - small, comfortable, great isolation.  Perfect for travel.

 

If you really need full sized cans, and want both comfort and isolation, you'll need something with quite a bit of clamp, and good pads.  As much as I hate to recommend them (personally don't like the signature), the M50 wouldn't be a bad choice - although long term comfort could be an issue.  I'm not overly familiar with them - have probably spent less than an hour with them - so talk to someone who actually owns them long term for further advice.  2 other cans that would work are the Shure SRH840 - collapsible, good clamp, and good pads for isolation, and the Fischer FA003/HM5.  The HM5 are not collapsible - but the do have great clamp and very comfortable pads.

 

Other option would be to use something with active noise cancelling - but you'll need to get other advise on that technology (I've never used it).

 

BTW - as stated earlier, I am a frequent traveller, I have owned the SRH840, SRH940, HM5, and currently own the DT880.  I have used the HM5 and SRH840 on flights - and this is why I've recommended them as viable options.  Neither the SRH840 or HM5 need an amp.

 

Hope this helps.

post #28 of 28
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all of the replies and suggestions! I went to a local shop, and tried out most of the cans recommended in this thread. Once I got hold of the AKG K550's, I was in love. I bought them, wore them recently on a 9 hour flight. Great isolation, great sound straight from the ipod, and incredibly comfortable. Thumbs up for these cans!!!!! I am addicted.

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